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Panel says Grassy Mountain coal mine in Alberta Rockies not in public interest

Jun 17 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — A joint federal-provincial review has denied an application for an open-pit coal mine in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, saying its impacts on the environment and Indigenous rights aren't worth the economic benefits it would bring. In its 680-page report released Thursday, the panel questioned the ability of Benga Mining, owned by Riversdale Resources, to control the […]

Ottawa to review new steelmaking coal projects in Alberta’s foothills for selenium

Jun 16 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The federal government will step in to conduct an environmental review of any new coal project that could possibly release the contaminant selenium. The decision, announced Wednesday, will capture any proposals that emerge from the eight steelmaking coal exploration projects in Alberta's Rocky Mountain foothills, said federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson. "For those projects that […]

Study warns Alberta has failed to consider damage to foothills from coal mining

Jun 15 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — New coal mines in Alberta's Rocky Mountain foothills would create more environmental problems than economic benefits, a lengthy new study has concluded. "The best available information indicates that the magnitude of long-term liabilities to water resources ... are likely to exceed any short-term economic benefits," says the report from the Alces Group, an ecological consulting […]

‘Unacceptable environmental effects:’ New federal policy restricts thermal coal

Jun 11 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — The federal government is making it more difficult to develop thermal coal in Canada with a new policy that says all such mines create "unacceptable environmental effects." The move erects another roadblock for Coalspur Mines and its proposed Vista mine expansion in Alberta, the only such mine in Canada currently before regulators.  Federal Environment Minister […]

Canada, Alberta sign deal for $1.3B hydrogen plant in Edmonton

Jun 10 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — EDMONTON — The federal and Alberta governments have signed an agreement with a company that could lead to a $1.3 billion hydrogen plant being built in Edmonton. Two federal ministers, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Edmonton mayor Don Iveson announced Wednesday a memorandum of understanding with Air Products Canada to build the plant, which would […]

Fracking likely to create stronger, more common earthquakes in B. C: study

May 26 2021 — Bob Weber, The Canadian Press — More damaging earthquakes can be expected more often in northern British Columbia as fracking oil and gas wells increases pressure underground, says newly published research. "It makes earthquakes more common and it makes larger ones more common," said Allan Chapman, an independent researcher and formerly senior scientist with the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission. "There […]